POWER-GRABBING WARLORDS IN NAJIB’S INNER CIRCLE FIGHT, MALAY JOURNALISTS GET TRAMPLED: MEDIA PRIMA ‘CONVERGES’, STAFF TOLD TO GO ON UNPAID ‘CAREER BREAK LEAVE’ OR TAKE HALF-MONTH PAY FOR HALF-MONTH WORK

There were a few of these sort of comments which landed at this blog over the past few days;

“TV3?”

Heheheh, power beb!

“MEDIA Prima Berhad, konglomerat media terbesar di Malaysia yang memiliki antaranya TV3 dan New Straits Times, menawarkan kakitangannya pilihan untuk rehat sementara tanpa gaji, bagi mengurangkan tekanan kewangan syarikat.

Media Prima beberapa bulan lalu melaksanakan skim pemisahan sukarela melibatkan kakitangannya yang berumur lebih 50 tahun sebagai sebahagian langkah mengurangkan kos operasi.

Tawaran terbaru ini dimaklumkan kepada kakitangannya pada satu taklimat di ibu pejabat Media Prima di Bandar Utama, Kuala Lumpur semalam.

Mereka diberikan dua pilihan sukarela: cuti antara enam bulan hingga setahun tanpa gaji, atau kerja setengah bulan dengan separuh gaji.”

Padan muka…

I believe the commentators were referring to this piece of news; 

After voluntary separation scheme, 

Media Prima offers workers “career break”

excerpts;

At a town hall meeting yesterday at the Media Prima head office in Bandar Utama, Kuala Lumpur, employees were encouraged to go on unpaid “career break leave” of six months to a year, or work half a month for half pay.
Various sources told The Malaysian Insight that employees who had served the group for at least three years could apply to do one or the other immediately. Those seeking a career break will be able to commence leave next month.
Earlier this year, the media conglomerate introduced a voluntary separation scheme for employees above the age of 50 to cut operational costs.
 
Sources said the management spent the minutes in the townhall  talking about the challenge new media presented to traditional media.
They urged the employees to cooperate in the company’s transformation plan to adapt in the internet era.

Well, I guess this is partly the outcome of the

Since then, that guy FD Iskandar, the then chairman who tried to steer the media group to safer water and was mercilessly whacked for his effort had left.

Well, I guess that’s the way it is at Media Prima.

A few days ago I received this screenshot of a WhatsApp message which I believe tells something about the Media Prima’s newspapers ;

So, “no longer NST, BH or Metro”, just NSTP.

Well, I guess it’s something like a three-in-one newspaper….or is it one-in-three newspapers?

Never mind.

Anyway, it may be a brilliant move.

If we look at this daily newspapers circulation figures from end of last year, those Media Prima newspapers were suffering;

Now that they have combined the newspapers, the daily circulation figures should be like this,

New Straits Times (54,490) + Berita Harian (91,229) + Harian Metro (142,262) = NSTP (287,981)

Not bad isn’t it 😉

It’s more than The Star’s 220,972.

Still, this new NSTP newspaper need to push more to catch up with Sin Chew Daily’s 316, 564.

Sometimes it puzzles me why the Chinese newspapers are doing relatively well compared to the others.

Chinese made up at most just 30 percent of Malaysians, and I think less than half of them can read Chinese.

Yet, their newspapers are not doing so badly.

The only answer I can think of is that the Chinese read more than Malaysians of other races.

Or maybe their newspapers don’t have too much politics, back stabbing and such.

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